The Big Picture
Economists’ Perspectives on the Ag Economy in the Northeast and Beyond
There’s no question that there’s a lot going on in agriculture right now. Dairy prices have been low for a number of years. There is anxiety over changes from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and how it will impact agriculture. There are growing concerns over whether a farm bill will be passed, and longstanding issues regarding the availability of agricultural labor. To get more insight into the current state of some of these issues and their forecasted long-term impact, we recently interviewed four leading economists to give both local and national perspectives. Read what they had to say in this issue’s cover story.
- CEO Bill Lipinski reminds producers about the importance of taking a long-term view of your ag business.
- Meet the beginning farmer business behind FarmStart’s 275th investment.
- Learn more about the production of mushrooms and meet a Northeast producer cultivating this unique agricultural product.
- This issue’s Washington Update provides on update on the Farm Bill and other issues that are top of mind.